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Managing Editor Mike Patrick reports that Maureen Dolan will take over as managing editor, and Patrick will cut back to part-time, effective June 1. Patrick has been managing editor at the Press for more than 20 years. He will continue to write the paper’s editorials and do some consulting while traveling and spending time with his four kids and eight grandkids, who are spread from California to England. Dolan is a veteran Press journalist who has spent the past three years in the North Idaho College communications department. Says Patrick, “She’s a star and it’s her time to shine.”


Katie Kloppenburg joined the BSPR staff as Digital Content Coordinator. Previously she had worked at KIVI-TV. She studied at Boise State University and Arizona State University. Karina Llanes became a newsroom intern this year. She’s a senior at the College of Idaho, where she is a staff writer at The Coyote, the student newspaper. 

In the Mountain West News Bureau, Nate Hegyi left his position in Nevada to work on the podcast Outside/In at New Hampshire Public Radio. Emma Gibson joined the Bureau as its reporter in New Mexico, coming from Arizona Public Media. 


Chris Cerbo has been promoted to news director at this Scripps-owned ABC affiliate. He’s been the Assistant news director for the past year, coming from Charlottesville, VA. Chris has also worked in Myrtle Beach and is replacing J Bates who’s joining the Scripps recruiting team after four years as news director.


Kade Atwood is leaving this Gray-owned CBS affiliate to head to the bright lights of Sin City (aka Las Vegas) as the new Assistant News Director for Sinclair’s KSNV-TV (NBC). He’s been the news director at KMVT for about 3 1/2 years.


Idaho Press photographer Jake King has left the newspaper to become communications and media manager at Spark! Strategic Solutions, a business consulting firm based in Boise. He will continue to do some photo work including wilderness photography for the paper.

Nick Danlag is a new feature writer for the Boise Weekly and the Idaho Press. He arrives in Boise from  New Jersey by way of California.


Lindsay Nothern, longtime communications director for Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, retired March 17 after 23 years of service in the U.S. Senate. Marissa Morrison Hyer, now the press secretary for Idaho Gov. Brad Little, is joining Crapo’s office to fill the Idaho-based position.

The governor’s office has been recruiting for a new press secretary; the job is posted on the Idaho Press Club website here: It closes one minute before midnight on Monday, April 18.

Melanie Lawhorn, who has worked for Sen. Crapo since 2015 in Washington, D.C., has been promoted to Communications Director; she previously served as both press secretary and communications advisor for the Senate Finance Committee, on which Crapo serves.


~In Memoriam~

Longtime KTVB meteorologist and Idaho philanthropist Larry Gebert died unexpectedly the evening of April 1 after suffering a heart attack at age 65. Gebert, a graduate of Carroll College in Montana, joined Idaho’s NewsChannel 7 in 1992; he had also worked as a sports reporter and news director in Montana before coming to Boise. Over the years, Gebert not only forecast the weather for Idahoans in his unmistakable and in-depth way, he also raised millions of dollars for charities and served as MC or auctioneer at hundreds of community events. He even served as the MC at one point for the Idaho Press Club’s annual awards banquet.

He is survived by his wife Julie, three sons and two daughters-in-law. According to KTVB, he adored his family and would have “water ski(ed) across the Atlantic Ocean if any of them needed anything.” More than 800 people attended a packed funeral service at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise on April 12 that also was streamed live for the benefit of his many friends, colleagues and admirers.